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The 5 Most Annoying Shop Assistants

Following reports that people still prefer to shop in physical stores, rather than online – I was immediately inspired to share why I feel exactly the opposite. And the main culprit? Shop assistants.   The stalking shop assistant You will often notice this type of shop assistant firstly from your peripheral vision, keeping a watchful [...]

A Shock To The Season

The first AW12 catalogue thumped through my letter box this morning. Short of causing an almighty thud and nearly knocking the dog unconscious it seemed especially premature, even somewhat unnecessary with our characteristically disappointing weather. It seems we’ve barely gotten a sunburnt shoulder into summer’s hottest dresses when the autumnal checks and cognac pelts are [...]

A User’s Manual To Fashion No No’s

Disclaimer: this fashion article is, in some respects, an anti-fashion article. I’m going to be talking about the clothing I personally find less than desirable. And you may disagree, but in the midst of all the Jubilee debauchery of who wore what and who, and the ever so vital debate about whether or not Kate [...]

Trench Warfare

Last month marked the news of a sad demise from a historical fashion brand. One hundred and sixty years of dressing the very best from Cary Grant to Sophia Loren, fashion retailer Aquascutum had gone into administration. But now as the Hong Kong-based owner of the brand in Asia sets to consolidate its control, new [...]

Breast Foot Forward

According to a recent poll 90% of women are still wearing the wrong bra size. That’s a lot of women rocking double boob, side boob and God knows what else boob! So, armed with that knowledge, I booked my first ever ‘professional’ bra fitting with eagerness and anticipation. Had I been wearing a 32C when I [...]

Dare You Wear A Flatform?

Is it a wedge? Is it a flat? Could be a pair of heels? No, it’s a flatform! Nestled among the loafers and Sperry’s lurks a new breed of shoe. If you thought this season’s neon’s and Aztec prints were as far out as fashion could get, then brace yourself for the ‘flatform’. Here is [...]

The Ultimate Faux Pas

Much like a bad dream, this next trend just keeps on recurring. Once a style penned by dancing dads, or those cool enough to be deemed alternative, paired with Doc Martens or, as you may more commonly recognise them; afoot a tourist. Yes, those encumbering Big Ben glarer’s with their 800mm camera lens and the [...]

Spring Clean Your Style

As usual our eccentric English weather has surprised us with an unexpected dose of early spring weather. So if you’re clambering through your wardrobe searching for something that isn’t a) black, or b) of the chunky knit variety, or you’re hiking up the high street in search of something that little bit more inspiring – [...]

Fashion Fledglings

Last year’s fashion graduates are finding their feet in the ever cut-throat industry. I caught up with a few of them to see what the future holds.   Ume Sacranie Back-story The Leicester based De Montfort University graduate comes from a fashion-focal background. “I took a real keen interest in fashion from a young age. [...]

To Dye For

Close your eyes and picture tie-dye. What do you see? Half naked hippies at free love festivals? Hemp and peace signs? Perhaps you’re thinking of those recent images of Fergie strolling down Sunset Boulevard in tie dye jeans. Instead, picture Bindya’s grey tie dye scarf, Proenza Schouler’s subtle shibori print gowns and Toni Maticevski’s feminine [...]

You CAN Wear Neon

It’s no secret that neon is back with a bang and bolder than ever. Springing up on catwalks and the high street alike; the very uttering’s of the word injects fear into the wallflowers among us. Here’s a roundup of the easiest ways to invite neon into your wardrobe; without looking like a glow stick, [...]

Mismatched Magic

Spring has a new feel good factor; mismatched prints are working their way into outfits and evening wear alike as designers rediscover the magic of contrasting patterns. Crochet, paisley, brocade and florals are all being combined and refreshed in clashing colourations and unexpected textures. Ironically, they work.   “I enjoy print for the way it [...]

A New Way To Shop

When online shopping first reared its tempting head, the cynical among us said it would never work. “We won’t be able to try it on! How will we know if it fits?”  Fast forward ten years and the first online designer boutique, net-a-porter sells its success for over 50 million. So it seems unsurprising that [...]

Six Emerging Fashion Designers To Watch

You may be on a first name basis with the likes of Vivienne, Karl and Marc but it’s time to open your eyes to some new talent. As fashion month gets underway, amid the designer heavy weights and legendary labels, it is very easy to forget that away from each fashion capital, a new tide [...]

Michelle Williams’ H&M Bafta Dress

Michelle Williams dazzled at last night’s Bafta’s in none other than high street favourite, H&M!   The ‘My week with Marilyn’ actor wore a gold draped organic cotton bodice gown, with trumpet skirt in satin black crepe with a flower detail at the waist.   The dress was a custom design created by the design [...]

Saturday’s Mollie King splits from Boyfriend

Molly King of  The Saturday’s has split with her boyfriend David Gandy.   The couple blamed the end of their nine-month relationship on their busy, conflicting schedules.   The 31-year-old Dolce and Gabbana model said: “Sadly me and Mollie have split. It just wasn’t the right timing and we were both so busy.   “I [...]

Louis Vuitton Condoms

Packed in Vuitton’s trademark brown monogram and embossed with the unmistakable ‘LV’ logo, you would be forgiven for thinking designer clad condoms were the latest item to launch from the luxury French fashion house.   But you would be wrong. The $68 a piece “Louis Vuitton” condoms went viral on twitter just days ago but are [...]

Adele Brings Home The Gold

  Adele triumphed at last night’s 54th annual Grammy Awards winning all six of her nominated categories, including album of the year and best pop artist.   The 23-year-old, who recently underwent throat surgery, wowed a star-studded audience with a storming rendition of her worldwide hit “Rolling in the Deep.”   In an emotional acceptance speech [...]

Whitney Houston Found Dead

The music industry is in shock at the tragic news that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.   Her publicist, Kristen Foster told the media that the singer was found unresponsive yesterday at 4pm whilst at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just a day before this year’s Grammys.   Last week, Houston drew [...]

Gaga’s Bulimia Battle

Lady Gaga has opened up about her battle with bulimia as a teen. The 25-year-old revealed her past experience with the eating disorder to a women’s conference in California.   Speaking of the illness, she said: “It’s easier for me to talk about it now because I don’t do it anymore. I used to throw [...]